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Knowing (2009)

Director:
Alex Proyas
COUNTRY
USA/UK
GENRE
Science Fiction/Mystery/Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Knowing
RUNNING TIME
121 minutes
Producer:
Todd Black
Jason Blumenthal
Alex Proyas
Steve Tisch
Screenwriter:
Ryne Douglas Pearson
Juliet Snowden
Stiles White


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
John Koestler Nicolas Cage
Caleb Koestler Chandler Canterbury
Diana Whelan Rose Byrne
Abby / Lucinda Whelan Lara Robinson
The Stranger D. G. Maloney
Grace Koestler Nadia Townsend
Reverend Koestler Alan Hopgood
Phil Beckman Ben Mendelsohn

 

Review

In Knowing, Nicolas Cage starts out in a scientific, probing environment and ends up as the witness to a shamelessly glorified biblical parable set against the latest in pseudo-scientific armageddons. In theme, the film is a combination of timeless and transitory, dealing with existential questions while milking one of our time's greatest collective fears; global warming and climate change. The existentialistic discussion is unsatisfactory, however; every proposition and solution is borrowed cheaply from the Bible. If you're trying to think outside of the box, Knowing will soon pull you back into it. Both the film's narrative and inherent ominousness feels old-school and dumbing. In the end, these drawbacks wipe out the memories of the film's interesting and chilling first half in which a time-capsule and a clever puzzle form an attractive basis.

 

Copyright 16.9.2009 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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